P&P Blogger Profile: Troy Mullens

Troy Mullens of Ramblings Around Texas

I am a retired Scientist and Engineer. Specialties included a multitude of scientific disciplines. My current interest is Nature and Scenic Photography, which has been a hobby for almost 50 years. I have been doing scientific programming and working with computers since 1962. My first personal computer was an IBM PC Jr. (Peanut). I have been using Photoshop since it first came out. Part of my science duties was to be in charge of a photo processing lab for a large chemical and materials company. This included lab photos, plant photography, scientific and technical photography and processing.

Why do you blog?
I have only been blogging for a little less than 4 months. I am still finding my way. It’s not as hard to lay out as a 300 page technical report but does need to reach a more diverse and interesting audience. I blog because I have something to say. Eventually I hope to have a readership such that I will be able to pass on experiences and techniques that will benefit the blogging community (especially in photographic terms). Currently I am using a shotgun approach to see how many people I can reach, before settling down to a particular style and subject matter.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
This one. It has a diverse link stream.
North American Nature Photography Association and
Nature Writers of Texas

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
Photoshop – since Day 1
Photography – 50 years

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Lots of Nikons

Mac or PC?

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
Scanner – For converting tens of thousands of old slides and prints to digital.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
I don’t need anything, but if you insist, everyone needs a new camera.

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Shoot everything and lots of it. Be critical. Shoot stuff that you don’t like, to be able to understand other photographers viewpoints.

What inspires you to create?
I don’t know. It comes from within.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Appreciate and listen to others. My Grandfather told me to listen to others so that I would know what I know plus what they know and I would be twice as smart.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
I’m a 4th generation Texan, but if I did have to move, I would probably choose Australia or the Northwestern US.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Study Nature.
I read everything.

What talent would you most like to have?
Get by on less than 5 hours per night of sleep.

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Adventure
What is your least favorite word? Boredom
What turns you on? Travel and photography
What turns you off? Stalled traffic
What sound or noise do you love? The call of a Canyon Wren
What sound or noise do you hate? Automobiles
What is your favorite curse word? Damn
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Astronaut
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Politics
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? You did a great job appreciating and taking care of my creation, and taking care of your family.

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  • Thanks Jason.
    I did a post this AM, shouting to the world, about the listing in the P&P blogroll.
    I take this to be a singular honor, since I consider your Blog to be a Premier Photoshop and Photography Site.

    Thanks again,

    June 10, 2008 at 9:05 am
  • Way to go, Troy! Great write up! Awesome idea on the profile series.

    June 10, 2008 at 9:14 am
  • Thanks Troy!

    June 10, 2008 at 9:32 am
  • Well, now we all know about Troy. I love to visit your blog and now I may have to come back here! Thanks for all your help, Troy. You are an inspiration! (I knew you were smart, but I didn’t realize you were this smart! 🙂 Keep on blogging! BTW, I like your grandfather’s advice!

    June 10, 2008 at 8:56 pm
  • Nice to meet you Troy!

    June 15, 2008 at 1:40 am
  • Love the answers to these questions Troy.. I am honored to be included in a site with yours..
    You and Martha both have a wonderful site..
    thanks for sharing

    July 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm

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